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Spiced Chicken Skewers with Lemon Vinaigrette

Spiced Chicken Skewers with Lemon Vinaigrette

Toasting the spices before grinding them brings out their oils and makes them more potent.

Cooking Light AUGUST 2009

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 2 skewers)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 lemon wedges (optional)

Preparation

1. Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.

2. Thread chicken pieces evenly onto 16 (6-inch) skewers.

3. Place cumin and coriander in a small nonstick pan over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until toasted, stirring frequently. Place spice mixture in a spice or coffee grinder; pulse 3 times or until coarsely ground. Combine ground spices, 1/4 teaspoon salt, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spread spice mixture onto a large plate; lightly roll each skewer in spice mixture.

4. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, onions, lemon juice, oil, and garlic in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk.

5. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 8 minutes or until done, turning occasionally. Arrange skewers on a platter; drizzle with juice mixture. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 114
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 17.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 1.4g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 47mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 190mg
  • Calcium: 23mg
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